Health

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Feb 18, 2019

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have been sickened in an outbreak blamed partly on recent vaccination fears

Bangkok flies drones as PM warns of costs in pollution fight

Feb 1, 2019

Drones are spraying water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok while the governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve air quality in the Thai capital

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

Jan 30, 2019

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution

Thailand suspends patent applications for medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019

Thailand suspends licensing of medical marijuana products amid concern that foreign drug companies might try to monopolize the market

Singapore says American leaked 14,200 HIV records

Jan 28, 2019

Singapore's health ministry has accused an American of stealing and leaking the records of 14,200 people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, before January 2013

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Jan 14, 2019

Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom

Dec 26, 2018

Thailand will soon allow the licensed medical use of marijuana and a local plant, kratom, traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

Nov 9, 2018

Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug

Vietnam and France sign deals worth over $10 billion

Nov 2, 2018

The prime ministers of France and Vietnam have witnessed the signing of two business deals worth over $10 billion and dozens of other cooperation agreements covering energy, education, health, technology and the environment

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry, progress stalled

Nov 2, 2018

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and progress in alleviating hunger is stalling

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